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Shawnice, from the University of Sunderland, had the summer of a lifetime with BUNAC's Work America programme.
There's one quote that my dad constantly says to me... ‘Shawnice, you can do anything in life if you want it hard enough!’
And I think I have made him proud.
Just a month ago I stepped off the plane into London with tears literally falling down my face. I never in a million years thought that my life could have changed so much! I can honestly say I have had the best four months of my life and I don’t think nothing will ever top my experience.
I signed up with BUNAC’s work and travel America program unaware that I was about to embark on this biggest adventure of my life.
After sending my application off, I received an email from a candy store in Ocean City Maryland, I accepted the job offer and spent four months working in what seemed to be Willy wonkas chocolate factory. We were able to indulge in all kinds of American candy, chocolate covered pretzels, fudge, taffy... I could go on forever. I met some of the most amazing people working there and the memories I have made, I will never forget. I saved up enough money to go on day trips with friends to Washington, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and even New Jersey to go and see Maroon 5!
When I had come to the end of my contract I travelled to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and San Francisco, highlights were going to see Alcatraz prison and all the Broadway shows I could handle.
There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about my time in America. These memories will truly be with me forever. It’s strange, although I want to tell everyone about this amazing opportunity it’s so significant it’s hard to know where to begin, it’s so very personal because only you know deep down how it has changed you as a person and the things you have seen and done is so hard to even write down.
This experience has made me much more confident, I now feel anything is achievable.
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